Wednesday, February 01

Woot This Week

by Kathleen Richards

Welcome to Woot This Week! Every week I'll count down five of the coolest/weirdest/craziest items currently up for sale on Woot. Click the images to view the deal! And be sure to share your favorite Woot finds in the comments below!

And now, without further ado, the top five cool things I found on Woot this week:

5. Daft Punk Art by Octavian Mielu, $65.99–$107.99

While I probably wouldn't put this in my house today, I wish I could buy one of these and send it back in time to my 19-year-old self so I could hang it in my dorm room and be even cooler than I already was (so I'd be slightly cool). Daft Punk is playing at my house! My house! Also they're hanging on the wall.

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Tuesday, January 31

The Debunker: Was the Name of "HAL" in 2001 a Secret Salute to IBM?

by Ken Jennings

January 1, 2017 isn't just New Year's Day… it's also the Internet's 34rd birthday. On January 1, 1983, all the computer systems on the ARPANET, created by the Department of Defense in 1969, were required to switch over to the TCP/IP network protocol that it still uses today, giving birth to the Internet as we know it. But how well do we know it? Onetime computer programmer (and Jeopardy! computer victim) Ken Jennings is here to do a complete systems update on all the Digital Age spam in your mental inbox.

The Debunker: Was the Name of "HAL" in 2001 a Secret Salute to IBM?

Shortly after 2001: A Space Odyssey was released, author Martin Gardner used one of his "Mathematical Games" columns in Scientific American to publicize an ingenious theory discovered by one Mr. John Roycroft of London. Writing to IBM in Britain magazine, Roycroft noted that if you took "HAL," the name of the film's psychotic computer, and advanced each letter one step forward in the alphabet, you'd get "IBM." IBM had advised the makers of 2001 on technical accuracy, and its logo appears twice in the film, once in the cockpit of the Pan Am space-plane, and again on the wrist panel of the space suits aboard the Discovery. Ever since Martin Gardner put the word out, it's been a widespread fan theory that HAL 9000 was so named to secretly indict IBM in the actions of the evil, murderous supercomputer.

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Tuesday, January 24

The Debunker: Was eBay Founded as a Way to Trade Pez Dispensers?

by Ken Jennings

January 1, 2017 isn't just New Year's Day… it's also the Internet's 34rd birthday. On January 1, 1983, all the computer systems on the ARPANET, created by the Department of Defense in 1969, were required to switch over to the TCP/IP network protocol that it still uses today, giving birth to the Internet as we know it. But how well do we know it? Onetime computer programmer (and Jeopardy! computer victim) Ken Jennings is here to do a complete systems update on all the Digital Age spam in your mental inbox.

The Debunker: Was eBay Founded as a Way to Trade Pez Dispensers?

In 1995, Pamela Wesley was a collector of Pez candy dispensers looking to add to her collection. You or I might hit garage sales and flea markets, but Wesley was lucky enough to be engaged to Pierre Omidyar, a computer programmer and early Internet entrepreneur. Omidyar decided to build a website where Wesley could trade Pez to her heart's content, and within two years, he was running AuctionWeb, one of the fastest growing sites on the Internet. In 1997, he renamed it eBay, and the rest is history.

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Monday, January 23

Music Monday: How Much Is That Proggy In The Window

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Prog isn't just for white guys who came of age in the 1970s, though. It's for everybody! Today Scott will attempt to prove it. Maybe you'll agree, maybe you won't. We'll see.

Asia - Only Time Will Tell

 

Even people who don't know prog know this song. Some people who know prog don't like calling it prog, since it was a hit. But for a lot of people, this was the gateway into a whole new type of rock. Even if it did happen while roller skating.

Want to defend the good name of prog? Here just to tell Scott how useless he is? Hit up the comments now! Everyone else, four more songs to come.

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Saturday, January 21